Way back in 2011 Tesla CEO Elon Musk, failed to sue Top Gear for claims of libel over the show’s review of the first-gen Tesla Roadster. He is once again arguing with Top Gear over the drag race results between the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
Top Gear claimed the results of its drag race between the Tesla Model S and the terribly named Porsche Taycan Turbo S resulted in a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.61 seconds, and 2.68 seconds for the Model S. With a 0 to 100 mph time of 6.12 seconds to 100 mph for the Porsche and 6.46 seconds to 100 mph for the Tesla, and a quarter-mile time of 10.69 seconds for the Taycan at 131.6 mph and 11.08 seconds for the Tesla at 124 mph.
Elon Musk correctly claims that the times which Top Gear achieved were slower than what the Model S has done in the past. Tesla and several independent outlets have achieved 0-60 times of under 2.4 seconds on the Performance Model S.
Top Gear claimed the results of its drag race between the Tesla Model S Performance and the new Porsche Taycan Turbo S resulted in a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.61 seconds for the Taycan and 2.68 seconds for the Tesla, a 0 to 100 mph time of 6.12 seconds to 100 mph for the Taycan and 6.46 seconds to 100 mph for the Tesla, and a quarter-mile time of 10.69 seconds for the Taycan at 131.6 mph and 11.08 seconds for the Tesla at 124 mph.
Elon Musk cited Drag Race Times, a popular YouTube channel specializing in drag race results. Top Gear’s results for the Model S it tested are suspiciously identical to the hundredth of a second to an earlier test Top Gear did between the Model S and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Drag Times claimed that “there is no way” a separate drag race months apart would get identical results.
However, since this latest pushback from Tesla CEO Elon Musk Top Gear have clarified their results, saying that
"We drag raced the Taycan and the Tesla Model S five times, and each time the result was the same – the Porsche was faster. The figures for the Tesla that we published alongside the story were the fastest figures we had ever recorded for a Model S, achieved on a previous occasion. These figures were slightly faster than those achieved on the day when the Tesla was racing back to back with the Taycan. The important point remains, however, that in our tests the Porsche consistently edged the Model S."